Irishmen arrested after drunken Algarve rampage

Two Irish tourists have been arrested after a drunken rampage in a hotel in the popular Algarve resort of Albufeira.

The men — aged 28 and 36 — were held after televisions, chairs and bottles were hurled from their balcony, causing thousands of euro in damages.

Armed riot police were called and smashed down the pair’s hotel door after they barricaded themselves inside. One man allegedly tried to stab a police officer, who deflected the blow with his riot shield.

Police were called to the Oura Praia Hotel around 12.30am on Saturday.

A hotel source yesterday said the younger man had gone “completely crazy”.

“He was totally out of it, uncontrollable, like a lunatic. He was throwing tables, chairs, TVs, everything he could get his hands on. Both men have been thrown out of the resort. They appeared in court on Saturday afternoon and then came back to the hotel to pay off some of the damages.”

Juan Guedes, manager of the hotel’s bar, told a local newspaper: “They started by throwing a television and then chairs, furniture and bottles. When I asked them to stop, they threatened me with a big knife.

“The bar suffered damages of around €2,000.”

State prosecutors will decide whether to press charges.

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